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Plunge Pools and Swim Spas: Luxury Pools Go Small

Plunge Pools and Swim Spas

Make (Less) Room for these Little Pools (plunge pools) that Turn Small Yards into Posh Daily Retreats   When The Wall Street Journal announces plunge pools are, “A Chic Swimming Pool Alternative for Small Backyards,” and a week later The New York Times publishes a plunge pool story, “Don’t Call It a Swimming Pool,” you […]

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Is Expert Pool Maintenance a Luxury?

Expert Pool Maintenance

Consider these 3 Risks before You Decide Too many people buy an in-ground swimming pool and then treat paying for routine water and pool maintenance as if it were an optional luxury. I’m in the luxury design/build pool business because—let’s face it—all in-ground pools are luxuries. Yet I see too many pool owners treat their […]

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5 Steps to Make a Swimming Pool a Luxury Pool

Luxury Pool

How do you achieve that ultimate value—the luxury pool effect. In previous articles we’ve looked at the well documented benefits—physical, mental, social and spiritual—that water and swimming pools bring into a home. These health benefits—along with the fun, relaxation, and enjoyment—can add up to what I call a “Luxury Pool Effect.” The feel of luxury […]

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LSI and Pool Water Balance Made Easier

LSI and Pool Water Balance Made Easier

Water balance starts with understanding LSI: the Langelier Saturation Index. I admit I’m a nut about maintaining safe and clean pool water. I know how important it is to maintain water that’s good for your pool and for the people in it. What drives me nuts is that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. […]

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Is It a Spa or Hot Tub, or Maybe an Ahhhhh Tub?

Spa or Hot Tub

Do you know when to call it a spa or hot tub? For a long time the words were used interchangeably, but now there’s a clear difference: Hot Tubs are manufactured and free-standing. Spas are custom built and in-ground—often part of a larger pool project. Hot tubs started life as a round, wood vat that […]

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We Need to Talk about Pool Construction

pool construction

It’s time we had a serious conversation about pool construction. We’ve been focused for some time here at the WaterSpace blog on the elements and principles of pool design because that’s the place where you need to start. We started there because design is a topic too many new pool buyers—as well as cookie-cutter pool […]

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Connect the Dots to Achieve Unity in Your Landscape Design

Achieve Unity in Your Landscape Design

This 6th principle of landscape architecture poses a question you need to ask early and often. The Principle of Unity can seem terribly abstract, but it’s really one simple question: Did you connect all the dots in your design? How does your design hang together? This is the question you don’t want to start asking […]

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Design for Movement in Your Outdoor Living Space

Design for Movement in Your Outdoor Living Space

Eyes move, minds move, and people enter the flow of space. Pools, buildings, and landscapes seem so firmly anchored to the earth that Movement—the fifth of our Six Principles of landscape and architectural design—can be hard to comprehend. Even when you don’t consciously see architectural movement, however, you’ll sense its presence, and you’ll likely find […]

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Rhythm Brings Order to Your Outdoor Space

Rhythm Brings Order to Your Outdoor Space

How Landscape and Architecture Set the Tempo in Space Much as Emphasis sets the stage and brings focus to your WaterSpace, Rhythm—the fourth of Six Principles of Design—helps to coordinate all the pieces. Rhythm provides an underlying tempo that people sense. Without rhythm the world around is chaos. Space as a place of comfort and […]

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How Emphasis Sets the Scene for a Large Country WaterSpace

Emphasis Sets the Scene

Emphasis: Setting the Stage for Outdoor Entertaining You feel the good mood approaching as you enter the covered porch at the rear of this country home. Whether you’ve arrived for a daytime pool party or an evening dinner, you’ll likely be greeted by enticing aromas rising from the food prep area—set below ground level so […]

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